Lab Safety

Lab Safety Training

Lab Procedures and Reference Information

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • PPE may be purchased at the bookstore.  If purchased elsewhere, it must match the same protection as those chosen for sale at the bookstore.  i.e., same length labcoat down legs and long sleeves, same size and design safety glasses and goggles, with Z87 rating. 
  • Eye Protection Demo
  • Safety goggles with indirect vents are required for use with liquids, as the risk of splash and drip into the eye is present.  Safety goggles should fit the face well to provide a seal.  Safety glasses may be used with dry materials, and are chosen to provide the most coverage.  
  • Gloves – Gloves are not suitable for use with every chemical.  There are many types of glove materials.  Each type is compatible and incompatible with different materials.  Search by chemical for the recommended glove type, and then by the manufacturer purchased for breakthrough time (length of time use) for that glove (thickness varies).
  • Example: Best Brand N-Dex regular disposable gloves are not suitable for concentrated sulfuric acid. They have a breakthrough time of 10 minutes or less.
  • Some Different Glove Types and Uses
  • Glove Selection by Chemical Search-Cole Parmer
  • Chemical Resistance Guide - Permeation & Degradation Data
Chemical Compatibility and Storage

Biological Safety

Chemical Inventory

The Chemical Inventory is compiled within the OnSite EHS Assist software.  A chemical inventory is required and serves several functions:

  1. To know what materials are present and assess their hazards;
  2. A location to store SDSs so that the SDSs may be reviewed when looking to see what chemicals are available for an experiment;
  3. Use for several agency reports throughout the year (e.g., DEA, TCEQ, DSHS); and
  4. Allow faculty to denote items on the inventory that are no longer needed, which will serve as either a list of items that may be shared with other faculty/laboratories, or a list of items that may be included in the next scheduled waste pickup.

High Hazard Materials

Laser/Radiation Safety 

Laser Regulations and Requirements
  • Environmental, Health and Safety

    Phone: 281-283-2106

    North Office Annex I
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 362
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.